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2013-03-04 07:42

KEEPING THE LEAD: KwaZulu-Natal pair Clint Gibson and Gary Campbell held on to pole position from the word go during the first round of the SA Cross-Country championship on Saturday.

TARLTON - KwaZulu-Natal pair Clint Gibson and Gary Campbell finally got their hands on a national championship win in the Dirt Sport Components Porter at the RFS 400 after round one of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship on Saturday.

The 2013 SA Cross-Country championship took place in Tarlton, Gauteng.

The national win is nothing new for Gibson but this was the pair’s first victory together. After winning the opening race on Friday to set grid positions and stealing an easy win, the team was quite satisfied.


Gibson and Campbell were never under any real pressure after starting the main race from pole position. With no issues during the race, they were in the clear of reigning champs Evan Hutchisonand Danie Stassen in the Motorite BAT Venom.

Hutchison and Stassen had a troublesome prologue race and at 16th place, still managing to cut through the field of Special Vehicles and made for drives of the day.

Fellow KZN team Lance Trethewey and Carl Wichmann (LT BAT) took the final podium position ahead of Daniel Brookes and Gavan Gray (Ducatus Property BAT).  Trethewey/Wichmann suffered from clutch problems and barely made it to second place just 16 seconds ahead of  Brookes/Gray.


Father and son pair, Nick and Ryan Harper rounded off the top five spot in the Motorite BAT Venom. The Harper boys had to deal with a puncture and relentless misfire, but still managed to keep a minute clear of newcomers Philip de Vries and Johan Viljoen.

Gibson’s brother Glenn also made the top ten with Clint Brook, finishing eighth in a BAT. Former SA champions Quintin and Kallie Sullwald (Elegant Fuel BAT Venom) recovered from a disasterous opener on Friday to finish ninth, with Marius and Jolinda Fourie grabbing tenth in the PHB BAT.

Swaziland driver John Thomson and Maurice Zermatten in a Zarco Magnum, outran SA champion Colin Matthews and Alan Smith in the Century CR3 in Class P as a complete surprise. Matthews and Smith were around 10 minutes behind of Thomson/Zermatten, with brothers-in-law Jeremy Woods and Chris Davies in the K9 Racing Aceco hot on their tails.

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